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Comments on: 2009 SMOE Workshop Day 1 – Unrealistic expectations?

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By: kimchiicecream

Sun, 10 Jan 2010 09:38:34 +0000

Hi Mike, Thanks for reading. Yes, I read the KT article...I really don't worry about a blacklist because if I ever somehow found myself put on it I know that it'd be because I'd been pushing for professionalism in the workplace and professional teaching standards and somehow stepped on too many toes because I refuse to put 'harmony and relationships' before educational standards.....oh well. To me, it'd be a mark of pride to be put on a list because I stood up for my principles.

By: kimchiicecream

Sun, 10 Jan 2010 09:34:14 +0000

Thank you for your comments. I'm thinking of doing more writing about co-teaching, and will likely do so once the spring semester begins--real life co-teaching situations spring up all the time when I'm actually teaching and then the issues are crystal clear in my mind, and I'll write my thoughts about how to deal with them, and describe how I co-teach... Anyways, thanks for reading.

By: Carl Kwan

Sat, 09 Jan 2010 13:41:52 +0000

Just wanted to tell you that you've got some excellent content here on your blog. I really like your analysis of the co-teaching presentation and your post about the camps, especially the suggested books/materials. Good luck and nice to see such dedication to teaching.

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 06:34:00 +0000

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By: mikeinkorea

Sun, 03 Jan 2010 03:34:04 +0000

Your analysis of the standard problems with co-teaching in Korea was excellent. Have you read the recent article in the KT about the possible blacklist for foreign teachers.

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Tue, 29 Dec 2009 02:24:36 +0000

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By: Driftingfocus

Sun, 27 Dec 2009 14:51:23 +0000

"it’s as if my co-teachers are far to consumed by their work to effectively engage with the task of co-teaching." I agree with you here Ross. I also was on a rural island, and my coteacher was often so busy she would actually CANCEL CLASS ENTIRELY in order to be able to get her work done. I heard constantly about how coteachers have a huge amount of work and other duties, and I think it would really benefit the system if some of those obligations were lifted, thus giving coteachers more time to actually, you know, co-teach.

By: Driftingfocus

Sun, 27 Dec 2009 14:47:14 +0000

Thanks for posting this. I love it when you post stuff like this, because it reminds me of why I left Korea, and thus helps squelch any thoughts of returning. ;)

By: John from Daejeon

Thu, 24 Dec 2009 13:07:42 +0000

And so many newcomers who meet me think I am out of my mind for teaching for the fourth straight year at the same hagwon where I am the only foreign teacher. The answers: Great bosses, lesson plan wrote itself after a couple of months and hasn't varied much, I choose my own textbooks, and no one is breathing down my neck giving me a hard time. That absence of tests and grading is pretty good too. It did take me a couple of months to realize that I wouldn't be really "teaching" as I was used to back home, but I would be more of an after school caregiver who just happened to speak to the kids in English with the hopes that some of it will stick. It's also been great to watch many of the kids I've had from day one on their journey through life over the years. Some have truly impressed me...others not so much, but it's also helped some of them that I've been a constant in their lives, so they always know what to expect. It's pretty nice when they e-mail me when I am on my extended vacations because they miss my class (that could also be the lack of tests and grading though). The vacation time is a bit shorter (I do get a month now), but I come and 2 pm and leave at 8pm with an hour off sometime between those hours to eat and make copies if needed. So, it's pretty hard for me to want to pass off such a great job to someone just off a red eye to luck into.

By: Ross

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 01:27:54 +0000

I'm approaching my 4 month mark and will be attending an orientation of sorts in Seoul January 7th. I hope they've made some revisions. Often, my question is: If Koreans teachers and administrators are so taxed by the requirements of their own system (hence your theory on the poor quality presentation) then how do they expect to reconcile these tremendous gaps between NESTs and Koreans? My situation is somewhat special (rural island commute), but it's as if my co-teachers are far to consumed by their work to effectively engage with the task of co-teaching.